Whenever friends come to the apartment, they always congregate in the glass conservatory. “At night, it’s particularly great because the Royal Institute of British Architects building is opposite, and it’s lit with pink floodlights,” says Amy. “It looks as if it’s wearing lingerie.” Further afield, it’s possible to spy landmarks such as the London Eye, St Paul’s cathedral and the BT Tower, or simply stand and watch the cabs and traffic zoom up and down. While the conservatory is constantly alive with the buzz of city sounds, Amy and Lorne’s bedroom, which leads discreetly off it, is a tranquil haven. It is luxuriously decorated with Ceylon silk on the walls and glamorous bespoke wardrobes in French-polished walnut. The ensuite bathroom, although brand new, is pre-war in style, with tiny mosaic tiles that Amy had specially shipped from Waterworks in New York. “I wanted a bathroom that would work in the Thirties space, and that won’t go out of fashion,” she says.
As the children regroup in the drawing room, settling with Amy on one of Somerville Scott’s new armchairs, it becomes obvious that it really is possible to have an elegant home that is also child-friendly. “We can walk to school, to Oxford Street and the South Bank to the theatre,” says Amy, looking out as the city lights start twinkling. “That’s the best thing about this apartment. It’s urban and yet not urban, all at the same time.”
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